Welcome back to the Totally Wicked vape podcast, it’s nearly winter. Rachel is here with you flying solo and today is all about the W word. I am going to be going over my top vaping tips for winter. That’s right, as a vaper you have to consider these things, so for the colder months let’s get into everything you need to know.
Cards on the table, it’s freezing. Why we are surprised in the UK when the colder weather arrives I will never know. But we never feel prepared. We have given you hot weather tips before, now it is time for Winter. So let’s take a look at how to survive the cool season and keep on vaping safely.
E-cig batteries in Winter
Batteries do not like the cold. For any battery to work there is a chemical reaction that happens internally, a cooled battery means a slower electrochemical process. As the weather turns colder e-cig batteries may operate at lower than the maximum voltage, might recharge slower and not hold their charge as long. What we need here is someone much more versed in batteries and their inner workings, so let me grab our Technical Director Liam Humberstone who will have a much deeper insight into how heat affects batteries.
Keep your vape batteries safely tucked away in an appropriate vaping case or sleeve and try not expose them to the elements. Don’t leave them in cars overnight and try to do your battery changes indoors.
Cool e-liquid and we don’t mean menthol!
Our fantastic Technical director Liam has just touched on this briefly in his top winter tips, but let’s go into some more detail. Your e-liquid cannot freeze, some vapers even store it in the fridge. But the average fridge temperature is between 4°C and 6°C. But when I get into my car some mornings it is -4°C, which is cold enough to have some effects on your e-liquid. But I am not the person to really go into detail and talk about e-liquid chemistry, we have just the person though. I am going to get on the line Dr Peter Gibbons, who is the brains behind our e-liquid and get his take on it.
High VG e-liquids are thick anyway, but if kept at low temperatures they can become even thicker, meaning they are harder to pour and may be difficult to wick into your atomizer head until they have returned to room temperature. No one likes a burnt atomizer head.
Avoid this by keeping your e-liquid indoors at room temperature, or why not invest in some higher PG e-liquid for the winter months.
Metal e-cigs and mouthpieces in winter
Metal feels colder during low temperatures. This is because it is such a good conductor it ‘pulls’ the heat away from your body. Leave a metal e-cig in the car overnight and you might find it a beastly little thing come the morning. If you have a metal mouthpiece it can almost feel like your lips are going to stick to it.
Why not swap to a plastic mouthpiece this winter, and maybe consider a silicone sleeve for your e-cig. We stock a wide range of vaping accessories.
Beware of clouds
When it’s this cold, you can see your breath. This happens because as you exhale the water vapour in your breath condenses into tiny droplets and ice. This also means that if you are exhaling clouds of vapour they will linger in the air for much longer.
Take care when driving, if you exhale in a cold car your vapour will not dissipate anywhere near as quickly. Always have a window cracked open to let the vapour escape.Finally if you really want to feel those #wintervibes why not take a look at your favourite arc e-cig all wrapped up for winter!